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by Reuben
11 Feb 2018, 18:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can we "buy" blessings?
Replies: 46
Views: 599

Re: Can we "buy" blessings?

I just don't think it is valid to use the Lord's Prayer to criticize the idea of asking for blessings in prayers. I think that approach requires a heaping spoonful of distortion with which I personally am not comfortable. I wasn't criticizing. I was pointing out a possible explanation for the incon...
by Reuben
10 Feb 2018, 15:06
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can we "buy" blessings?
Replies: 46
Views: 599

Re: Can we "buy" blessings?

One of my favorite stories related to this topic is that of Job. Not because it shows that horrible things can happen to good people, but because of something Satan says at the beginning: 9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him...
by Reuben
29 Jan 2018, 14:47
Forum: Support
Topic: The Rescue is Back on The Menu!
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: The Rescue is Back on The Menu!

Speaking for myself, dispatching a "professional" wouldn't help at all. Yes, it would be nice to have a friend in the ward I can be myself around. But the problems I have with the church are systematic and driven from the top. First, I'll be staying away until the church stops abusing LGBT members. ...
by Reuben
23 Jan 2018, 12:20
Forum: Support
Topic: Dieter Update
Replies: 15
Views: 409

Re: Dieter Update

Wasn't he one of the leaders behind the essays? If I'm remembering that right, it could be great that he's in charge of correlation.
by Reuben
14 Jan 2018, 14:00
Forum: Support
Topic: How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty
Replies: 16
Views: 343

Re: How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty

I didn't find peace in the third option, and I'm not sure I could have. There were two problems with it. First, I have a daughter for whom I believe the LDS church is toxic. I couldn't attend without becoming upset, which made her retrench. I also couldn't attend without making it seem like she has ...
by Reuben
14 Jan 2018, 09:14
Forum: Support
Topic: The Lies We tell ourselves: I don't belong.
Replies: 8
Views: 288

Re: The Lies We tell ourselves: I don't belong.

Beefster, you might find Brene Brown's latest book Braving the Wilderness helpful. It's about finding belonging when you don't or can't fit in, rather than finding belonging by fitting in.
by Reuben
27 Nov 2017, 01:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buzzwords
Replies: 15
Views: 420

Re: Buzzwords

More: tender mercies, sustain, eternal truths, celestial (when it means "identified by the Church as godly"). I wonder whether there are loads of them that I just can't hear. JWs use the word "stumble" as an act you do to someone else ("don't stumble the other brothers") and it's so, so weird, but t...
by Reuben
26 Nov 2017, 19:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared
Replies: 44
Views: 1383

Re: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared

The endowment needs streamlining. They should let you take 10 names through per session. "Think of the first given names ," etc. Heck, just about everything could be parallelized like that! If Jesus could be punished by proxy for everyone at once, and we're supposed to be saviors on Mount Zion, why ...
by Reuben
26 Nov 2017, 18:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buzzwords
Replies: 15
Views: 420

Re: Buzzwords

"Testimony" drives me batty. To everyone else in the world, it's the words you say when you testify. To a Mormon, it's an abstract thing inside you that can be strong or weak, which you influence by doing stuff the Church tells you to do. Many members don't think about it deeply enough to properly i...
by Reuben
21 Nov 2017, 02:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Upcoming YSA Face to Face
Replies: 14
Views: 614

Re: The Upcoming YSA Face to Face

I think Elder Ballard thinks the Church is honest and transparent, and has never evaluated whether that's actually true. It would be enlightening for him to do so, but nobody is going to hold his feet to the fire until he does. Besides, to him, the Church is axiomatically good. To him, it's not poss...